Empowered by Infamous Trump (?)

Column A: Defamation

Column B: Other Social Media Besides Facebook

Column C: Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit”

The grotesquely fast spread of ideas is overwhelming, terrifying and irrevocably handy -regardless of the validity or nature of the idea itself. The legitimacy of an idea today has become entirely subjective and, perhaps most astonishingly, has stopped being a factor influencing its consumption. Evidently and as we know, or ought know, we owe this monumental crisis or blessing — depending what kind of soul you have — to the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T.

As Nathaniel Barr most beautifully declared, it is the internet’s omnipresent power that fosters the inevitable flow of “information that is emotional resonant but factually untrue”. Barr draws from Harry Frankfurst’s inspiring approach to blasphemy.

We owe more to the the internet’s nurturing spread than we care to acknowledge in this — now rightfully denominated — “age of bullshit”. What Barr’s “mental shortcut” as a “tendency to believe bullshit” does not consider, are the collateral benefits of, for example Trump’s ‘outrageous’ approach to a presidential campaign.

Trump’s campaign has had many bilateral effects including, but not limited to, the defamation of minorities around the world. It is his continuous spitfire that is featured on a plethora of news publication platforms.

Here is something that not everyone sees: Trumps campaign is our sponsor in the battle to raise awareness about minorities, immigrants and refugees. We are getting more publicity funded by the Trump movement than by the unions actually representing the struggle. Publishing platforms such as AJ+ and NowThis have dished extensive Trump and other candidates’ coverage in all its colors.

Perhaps it is not the amount of ‘bullshit’ Trump says — and the internet spreads — but the actual quality of it, which in this case can be safely labeled as “Trump quality”. This guarantee is deeply founded in the candidate’s use of elementary school level, specifically 4th grade level, according to Evan Puschak’s linguistic analysis of Donald Trump. This analysis does not only reveal the profoundness, or lack of it therefore, of the candidate, but further outlines the skeleton of Trump’s bullshit realm. In Barr’s reasoning, “People who were less analytic and intelligent were also more likely to find the bullshit statements to be profound than their more reflective and intelligent counterparts”. Bullshit and marketing have long been associates. Trump’s simplistic language is indeed a factor that makes everyone so susceptible to hatred and love for Trump. Let us think about the followers Trump has herded throughout his campaign. Let us also think about the average education level of Trump’s crowd. It is here where we see ends clearly meeting between the demand for an ample supply of ‘bullshit’.

Platforms such as Patron and Digg become almost a scholarly source on the fight against the spread of bullshit and make a larger statement when it comes to the counter-defamation of Trump as a candidate. Barr’s opinion on Trump, the candidate “displays callous disregard for the truth in order to impress certain demographics of voters”. Again, the latter speaks to the kind of crowd that not only follows Trump, but also nourishes from what has been denominated as bullshit.

It is the ‘Trump effect’, according to Gabrielle Levy, one that has had an extensive effect on people’s belief system — empowering people belonging to minorities in the U.S. It is Trump’s extensive targeting of the Latino community that will increase the number of voters against his success in becoming the next POTUS. Historically, the turnout for Hispanic populations has been considerably low, yet, as Levy claims, Trump’s campaign is delivering a motivation — one empowering minorities to exercise their right to vote.

Working for the defamation of minorities, Trump’s campaign has obviously been successful at falling under the medias’ spotlight. The inevitability of Trump’s appearance in a plethora of media publications (which more than often rely on social media for their spread) fosters conversation on the infamous evil represented by the republican candidate. Astonishingly but logically, it is ‘Trump’s effect’ is having considerable secondary effects on the populations that want him to vanish. As election dates approach the movement of people that will vote to abolish Trump gains momentum. It is at these moments that we worship the irrevocable power of fast spread of information.